Insecurity:WAEC To Grant South East Pupils Another Opportunity To Sit For Disrupted Exams
By Olajide Meseko
There is good news for candidates who missed the 2021 West Africa Senior School Certificate Examinations (WASSCE) in the Southeast due to the now-suspended sit-at-home order by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
The Federal Ministry of Education says it will put in place modalities to enable them to sit for the examinations.
Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Sonny Echono, made this known while monitoring some examination centres in Abuja yesterday.
Recall that some hoodlums had on September 13 disrupted ongoing examinations by the council in some parts of the Southeast on the pretext of enforcing the sit-at-home directive.
In one of the schools — Comprehensive Secondary School, Nkume in Njaba Local Government Area of Imo State — the hoodlums chased away the candidates and burnt motorcycles belonging to staff members.
But Echono, who frowned at the disruption of the examinations, was also quoted by the News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) as expressing satisfaction with the conduct of the examinations in other parts of the country.
He said: “We are very pleased that all around the country; examinations are going on peacefully as we have a total of over 19,000 examination centres across the country with over 1.57million registered candidates.
“Besides the disruptions we had on September 13 in the Southeast where some candidates were stopped from writing the exams, it is a peaceful examination.
“We are complying with all the standards and ethics of examinations, we are pursuing very hard more cases, incidence or possibilities of examinations malpractice because we have a zero-tolerance for examinations malpractice.
“We shall punish any person found culpable and ensure that sanity is restored in our system.’’